Hello all. It has been a while!
So, I finally got around to checking the valve clearance on my bike. I printed out (and read!) the guide I found online, but for the most part just kind of winged it, at least up until the part where I was actually checking the valve clearance. It's pretty straight forward to make enough space to get the valve covers out and do the work, however, I would like to point out a couple things, and ask a few questions.
Firstly, the guide (link at the end of this post) states the specified clearance for the exhaust valves is .25-.30mm, however the valve clearance adjustment chart attached to the PDF states the specified clearance as .20-.25mm. I double checked against my totally-legally-purchased factory service manual, and it specified the same .20-.25mm. In the end I had .25 clearance, a .30 feeler would not fit, so I'm in the clear regardless, however I am not entirely sure what the correct clearance should be. Is .25-.30mm a more recent revision?
Secondly, I would like to point out that the shim kit I purchased from Amazon was the incorrect one, despite the fact that Amazon listed it as correct. I took my measurements, figured out which shims I needed and went to a local Japanese motorcycle repair shop, and luckily they happened to have exactly what I needed to make all the valves in spec with a little bit of swapping from valve to valve, but it was still pretty inconvenient. I'm sure there are many kits available, but the Hot Cams kit HCSHIM02 is NOT the kit you want, as the diameter of the shims is too small. Also, I would like to note that figuring out which shim you need is not rocket science, like most of my research led me to believe: if the specified clearance is .25mm but the valve clearance is only .15mm and the shim is a 2.55mm, then you need a 2.45mm shim. The chart makes things pretty simple, but you don't need to overthink it. Double check your clearance after you replace the shim.
Lastly, I just want to point out that if you have access to some basic tools and a clean, dry place to do the work, do it yourself! Assuming the shim kit I got was the right size and would have worked, I spent about $175 CAD on a Proto feeler gauge, shim kit, and fresh coolant. Nobody will take as much care to do it right like you will. I think I read in the guide something like this "If you are even thinking about doing your valve shims yourself, you are fully capable of doing it properly."
Now for questions: Is there a torque setting for the timing inspection cover or is it just assumed that you probably won't over tighten it with a screw driver? Also, in my repair manual it says to replace the coolant you just fill it up as much as you can via the cap under the speedo, fill the overflow reservoir to the F marking and run it till the fan kicks on, then re-check the reservoir level. Is there more involved? I don't think my fan has kicked on once since I did the service (or at least I didn't notice), I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...
Anyhow, hopefully I'm not re-beating a dead horse with this post, just figured I would share my experience. I have put about 100KM on the bike since doing the service, and I feel much better knowing I'm not going to melt the cylinder heads.